Colne boy going a cut above the rest for charity

CUT ABOVE THE REST: Ethan Craddock (6) is having his long locks chopped off for charity (S)
CUT ABOVE THE REST: Ethan Craddock (6) is having his long locks chopped off for charity (S)

A little boy with a big heart is preparing to have his long locks chopped off for charity.

Ethan Craddock (6), of Church Street, Trawden, will get his blonde hair cut at the end of the month to drive up funds for Derian House.

The youngster is following in the footsteps of his older sister Mia (13), a student at Park High School, who raised around £400 when she had her hair cut a few years ago.

He aims to raise at least £300, and will be donating his hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity set up to provide real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss.

His choice of Derian House comes after his mum’s best friend and former contestant on BBC’s The Voice Kiki De Ville lost her four-week-old son Dexter when he was diagnosed with the rare congenital disorder Zellweger Syndrome. The Chorley hospice supported Dexter until his death in 2007, and Kiki later became a parent ambassador for the charity.

Ethan’s proud mum Donna (35), a self-employed photographer for ClickClickBang Photography, said: “He is really excited about doing it.

“I’m really proud of them [Ethan and Mia], as I try to do charity stuff myself in my job, so it is really nice they are so eager to do the same.

“Dexter died before I knew her [Kiki] unfortunately, but since knowing her all I have done for charity has gone to Derian House. She is chuffed to pieces and really proud of Ethan.

“Anything we can do to help people that looked after her and her husband at that time, we will.”

Burlesque singer Kiki added: “We are incredibly proud of him and we are so touched by everything that Ethan and his whole family have done.

“It makes the whole situation not easier but more bearable for us - that people are so supportive makes us feel there is an understanding of what we have been through.

“Dexter died at Derian House... and staff there just helped make it a little less traumatic. Afterwards they helped us with all the practical things, and we were also part of the in-house bereavement group Stepping Stones, which was invaluable.

“7% of what Derian House get is from the government, the rest is the fund-raising, so they really do rely on it.”

To make a donation to Trawden Forest Primary School pupil Ethan, whose hobbies include playing minecraft, building rollercoasters and hanging out with his big sister,

visit www.justgiving.com/Donna-Craddock